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Hart has been dealing with knee problems for the past few weeks, missing practice due to the tendinitis in late January.
The issue finally cost him to miss a game against the Indiana Pacers, although he returned for the next game two days later. He didn’t play in Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but he was reportedly available if needed, per Kyle Goon of the Southern California News Group.
It seems the team will now give him legitimate rest with an opportunity to heal for the second half of the season.
Hart has been overshadowed by other young players on the Lakers, but he has been a reliable contributor in his second year with the team. He is currently averaging 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, starting 21 of 54 games played.
On a squad that has been devastated by injuries, the guard ranks third on the team in minutes played.
Reggie Bullock and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope should get extra minutes at the 2 with Hart unavailable.